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« on: May 05, 2004 01:06:50 PM »

In lieu of writing essays, I've been making a lot of duct tape purses recently. I made a new pattern for a handbag, and I made ones with skittles and ramen bags:

http://people.fas.harvard.edu/~mfrommer/pics/crafty/skittles_purse.jpg

http://people.fas.harvard.edu/~mfrommer/pics/crafty/ramen_purse.jpg

Both have a velcro closure. I added a bit of lace to the ramen one to pull together the color scheme. I took some photos while I was making them so if anyone is interested I can post instructions. Though I probably didn't use any innovative methods.
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« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2004 01:17:40 PM »

those are sooooo cute! Shocked
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« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2004 01:24:05 PM »

As someone who's been known to consume a lot of ramen, I noticed this first thing. One queston however, don't the bags rip easily? I use the same brand & at times I rip the package right open.
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« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2004 01:32:30 PM »

Two words - I'm jealous  Wink

Too cute for words!

But what's Ramen? I don't think we have them over here in England  Huh
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« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2004 01:39:30 PM »

Yes, in progress pictures, please (what you think of as being old may be new to others)!!!
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« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2004 01:39:45 PM »

Those look great - I want more details and photos!! (Please).
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« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2004 02:27:17 PM »

Hi MoonUnit. I love the bags. Could you post a tutorial? Grin
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« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2004 08:22:10 PM »

OK, here is my crappy attempt at instructions. You will need:

--any flat image, candy wrappers, magazine clippings, etc
--duct tape
--clear packing tape
--scissors

1. Make a shape for the bag, I imitated a nine west bag I have. I think the angled shape makes it look a little more professional. I cut out a pattern to use as a guide.

2. Make sheets for the sides. They need to be about 2 inches bigger length and width than the pattern. Cover the back of your images with duct tape, a couple layers if your duct tape is flimsy. Then cover the front with laminating sheets or clear packing tape.

3. Put the pattern on top of the sheets and crease. Duct tape doesn't crease really well, so I used the handle of my scissors to press down and make a crease.

This is my skittles sheet, with the bags inbetween duct tape and clear packing tape:



This is the other steps:



4. Then comes the hardest part, taping together the sides. Cut out the corners of the sheets (shown by "x" in the next photo) I make the bag to be the width of the tape (I think 2") just because it's easy. Start taping on one edge with clear tape and move around the bag taping more. It's hard to keep the width consistent--this takes experience.

Starting the taping:



More taping, sometimes I use a large book to keep the two sides the right length apart:



What it looks like with the sides taped together with clear tape:



5. Wherever you just put clear tape, cover it in duct tape. This is easiest to do with 3 pieces of tape for the bottom and sides. It's hard getting the tape to be in the right place on the inside of the bag!



6. Make one or more handles. I made the skinny handles by folding the tape in thirds. Some bags I had thicker handles with just 2 pieces of tape stuck together. Staple the handles onto the bag



7. For this bag, I made a little closure thing. In this picture, the pink is one layer of tape, so that it's still sticky. The red is tape stuck to itself. The white is velcro. Even with sticky velcro, I still staple it on. Not much reaaally sticks to duct tape. If you don't like the look of the staples, cover them with more tape! The placement of this closure thingy can be best observed in the photos of finished bags



8. Then, cover all ugly stapley and plain tape areas with colored tape where you want! You can see where I did this in the final photos.

Some tips:
--I use scissors to cut open all of my bags and candy wrappers now to preserve them!
--I taped the ramen bags together temporarily with scotch tape while I was putting on the duct tape.
--Lay the clear tape on starting at one end so there will be fewer bubbles
--staples are sweet and can be covered over with tape
--when picking candy, think about the size of the image compared to the size of your bag. I used king size skittles because the regular bags wouldn't have been wide enough and I would need to have like 2 inches of another bag.

Also, Ramen is a brand of asian microwave noodles that are INSANELY popular among american college students. In fact, I am eating some right now!
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« Reply #8 on: May 06, 2004 05:31:07 PM »

That's wonderful! I never though of using ramen noodle bags, I eat them all of the time.
And lso, I made a starburst purse just like your skittles one recently, but mine isyellow ^_^
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« Reply #9 on: May 06, 2004 05:41:56 PM »

Two words - I'm jealous  Wink

Too cute for words!

But what's Ramen? I don't think we have them over here in England  Huh



Ramen is a kind of oriental noodle that comes packaged in a little plastic package - the same type of packaging a candy bar would have or a bag of pasta.. that sort of thing....  The noodles go in 2 cups of water (sorry, don't know the metric conversion) and cook until they're soft and you add in a little seasoning pack that comes with it, and when it's done it makes soup.
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